When you coach in the best college football conference in the land, you should be paid better than most of your peers. For the coaches in the Southeastern Conference, their base salaries have given them no reason to get upset.
Every coach in the SEC is paid at least two million dollars per year, with Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban leading the way with a $5.3 million salary. LSU head coach Les Miles and South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier come in at second and third with respectable salaries of $3.7 million and $3.5 million.
The numbers may seem mind-blowing, but when you consider the amount of money that these football figures bring in to the school you understand that the salaries are well-deserved.
Here are the current salaries for the head coaches in the SEC:
|Nick Saban||Alabama||$5.3 million|
|Les Miles||LSU||$3.7 million|
|Steve Spurrier||South Carolina||$3.5 million|
|Bret Bielema||Arkansas||$3.2 million|
|Mark Richt||Georgia||$3.2 million|
|Kevin Sumlin||Texas A&M||$3.1 million|
|James Franklin||Vanderbilt||$3.0 million*|
|Butch Jones||Tennessee||$2.9 million|
|Gary Pinkel||Missouri||$2.7 million|
|Dan Mullen||Mississippi State||$2.6 million|
|Will Muschamp||Florida||$2.4 million|
|Gus Malzahn||Auburn||$2.3 million|
|Mark Stoops||Kentucky||$2.2 million|
|Hugh Freeze||Ole Miss||$2.0 million|
* Franklin’s salary is estimated
What does this tell us? It pays to coach the best team in the nation. We can also expect Hugh Freeze to get a pay raise down the road if his recruiting class lives up to expectations.
[H/T: Saturday Down South]